Looking back at the results of online holiday shopping in 2014, Cyber Monday was recorded as the most popular shopping day of the season, with retail traffic reaching 13 million page views per minute, up 16 percent from the 2013 holiday season.
Amazon is in talks to buy e-shopping site Net-a-Porter, which is valued around $2.19 billion.
Many of the larger e-commerce players, such as Amazon, eBay and Yahoo, are dropping their online support platforms designed for small business partners. As a result, smaller retailers seem to be looking elsewhere for better e-commerce support.
It seems many of the larger e-commerce players are dropping their online support platforms designed for small business partners.
Amazon has informed its merchants that it will be shutting down the Webstore e-commerce platform that allows small businesses to run their own stores. According to a post on a forum for Amazon sellers, the platform will be closing June 1, 2016, which means retailers that rely on it will have more than a year to make the necessary arrangements, reported GeekWire.
Demandware's Shopping Index survey shows that the number of shoppers out purchasing in the fourth quarter was up 25 percent and drove 81 percent of digital commerce growth. Much of this late-in-the-year surge can be attributed to the holidays. On Green Monday, e-commerce sales reached $1.6 billion, up 15 percent from 2013, and representes the third-heaviest online spending day of the season.
Amazon has extended its one-hour delivery service to consumers in Baltimore and Miami.
Instacart is expanding in the Philadelphia market through its expanded partnership with A&P-owned SuperFresh stores. The online grocery delivery service will offer delivery of all the retailer's products, including those in the natural, international, prepared foods and private label categories.
Facebook has announced the purchase of startup The Find, an online shopping search engine.
Walmart saw an 18.4 percent increase in digital coupon events on Walmart.com in 2014, according to data released last week by Marx, a Kantar Media solution. Walmart also enhanced its consumer promotion activity with a 15.7 percent increase in Free Standing Insert (FSI) promotion pages.